PN 3, Session 2005-06

 12 September 2005

Evidence session on the annual Autumn meetings of the IMF and the World Bank, and on the United Nations World Summit

Date of session: Tuesday 18th October 2005

Location to be confirmed: Palace of Westminster or Portcullis House)

Time: 10.30 a.m.


10.30 a.m. Jeff Powell, Coordinator, The Bretton Woods Project and other possible witnesses to be confirmed

11.15 a.m. Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for International Development, and officials

Each Autumn, the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold their Annual Meetings to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and finance. The Committee intends to hold an evidence session on the Autumn meetings with representatives from the Bretton Woods Project, and from the Secretary of State for International Development. This evidence session will take place on Tuesday 18th October at 10.30 a.m. The Committee intends also to ask the Secretary of State for International Development about the outcomes of the United Nations World Summit.


Submission of written evidence:

The Committee does not intend to produce a report, but will publish the transcript of the evidence session alongside a selection of relevant written submissions. Organisations and individuals with relevant experience and expertise - especially those from developing countries - are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee. Evidence should be sent to the Clerk of the Committee by Friday 7th October 2005. 

Evidence submitted should:

- if possible, be provided electronically in MS Word or Rich Text format, either by e-mail to or on a disk. If submitted by e-mail or e-mail attachment, a letter should also be sent validating the e-mail;

- the letterhead should contain your full postal address and contact details;

- any memorandum of more than six pages should begin with a one page summary;

- have numbered paragraphs;

- and avoid the use of colour or expensive-to-print material;

 - further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at;

Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a memorandum, in which case a hard copy of the published work should be included. Submissions can be sent via or, by post, to International Development Committee, 7 Millbank, London, SW1P 3JA. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Once submitted, evidence is the property of the Committee. The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to make public the written evidence it receives, either by printing the written evidence alongside the oral evidence or by making the evidence available through the Parliamentary Record Office.  If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

It would be helpful, for Data Protection purposes, if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details separately in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Detailed enquiries to Alistair Doherty, Clerk of the Committee on 020 7219 1226 or


Please note that starting times of evidence sessions may be subject to late changes. Those wishing to attend either of these sessions should contact the Committee Office Information Line on 020 7219 2033 to confirm the venue the day before the hearing, or please have a look at the 'Future meetings' section of our website, nearer the day of the meeting.


Further Information:

The membership of the Committee is as follows: Malcolm Bruce MP (Chairman, Lib Dem), John Barrett MP (Lib Dem), John Battle MP (Lab), John Bercow MP (Con), Hugh Bayley MP (Lab), Richard Burden MP (Lab), Mr Quentin Davies MP (Con), Mr Jeremy Hunt MP (Con), Ann McKechin MP (Lab), Joan Ruddock MP (Lab), Mr Marsha Singh (Lab).

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